Organic and Hydroponic
Gardening Blog

Hi, my name is Jason. I have more than twenty years of experience growing indoors under lights. It is my goal to improve the results of every organic and hydroponic gardener through accurate, easy to understand information.

Dec 13, 2017

Garden Designs for Grow Boxes and Grow Rooms

Some garden designs have big advantages over others. This is especially true for an indoor garden, where it is critical to control temperature and other important details.

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Dec 09, 2017

Indoor Grow Light Selector Tool

The grow light selector tool helps you choose the best grow light for your indoor garden area.

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Dec 07, 2017

Fertilizer and Soil Additives for your Indoor Garden

The proper use of fertilizer and soil additives described, including their specific benefits and when to use them.

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Dec 07, 2017

Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plants Best Friend

beneficial mycorrhizae make it possible for plants to access nutrients. 90% of all plants form these symbiotic relationships.

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Dec 05, 2017

Plant Growth and Carbon Dioxide Supplementation - How To

Plant growth and Carbon Dioxide and directly related . With 9 other factors ideal, CO2 becomes the limiting factor. A 50% increase in yield can be real with CO2 supplementation.

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Nov 25, 2017

High Pressure Sodium Grow Lights Page

All about high pressure sodium grow lights: How to choose the right one for your indoor garden, and how to use them to force flowering plants.

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Nov 25, 2017

Cloning Success is in the Details

I found cloning success with this easy method. Everyone I teach this cloning method to has a 100 percent success rate.

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Nov 24, 2017

Exhaust Fan Calculator for Indoor Grow Rooms

The exhaust fan calculator helps you figure out what size and type exhaust fan you need for effective temperature control in your grow room.

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Nov 20, 2017

Exhaust Fan Setup for your Indoor Garden

Exhaust fan setup advice for controlling temperatures in your indoor garden or grow room

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Nov 18, 2017

Common Hydroponic System Problems

Several common hydroponic system problems and their solutions. Being aware of these problems will help you avoid them when building or purchasing your own hydroponic system.

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Nov 17, 2017

Choosing Garden Grow Lights for your Indoor Garden

The garden grow lights should be large enough to properly light the garden, but small enough to make temperature control manageable.

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Nov 16, 2017

Using Indoor Grow Lights Properly

How to use indoor grow lights properly. Indoors, you can use fluorescent lights, metal halide, and HPS grow lights with great results.

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Nov 15, 2017

Easy Grow Room Building Advice

How to build a grow room and start a small hydroponic garden at home. Tips on light selection, grow system selection, exhaust setup, more

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Nov 15, 2017

Grow Room CO2 Setup

How to set up CO2 in your grow room. Step by step instructions on how to get the CO2 levels just right

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Nov 14, 2017

Using Hydroponic Nutrients with Success

How different hydroponic nutrients help your plants grow healthy. General feeding practices that produce the best results are discussed here by an expert.

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Nov 13, 2017

Hydroponic Gardening Tips and Tricks

The very best hydroponic gardening tips, tricks, problem solving advice, and lessons I've learned over the years (often the hard way)

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Oct 24, 2017

Indoor Garden Exhaust Fans - Choosing the Right One

There are only two types of fans appropriate to use as garden exhaust fans. To control heat, large volumes of air must be moved. Box fans and oscillating fans just don't cut it.

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Oct 19, 2017

Using Fluorescent Grow Lights to Light Your Indoor Garden

Tips for using fluorescent grow lights to grow clones, seedlings, and even plants in the vegetative state and flowering stages.

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Oct 19, 2017

Organic Hydroponics - Easy Home Method

Organic hydroponics basics, plus a great beginning feeding plan, plus learn the best systems to use with organic hydroponics.

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Oct 17, 2017

Plant Spacing and Tray Lids in a Homemade Hydroponic System

I'm planning two 4x4 (7' tall) tents both with 3x3 trays for DWC. What I'm thinking is the first tent will have a mother, room for cloning, and the rest

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Oct 17, 2017

Hydroponic Gardening - A Helpful Guide to Start a Small Garden Indoors

Hydroponic gardening tips on grow light selection, choosing a hydroponic system, building a homemade hydroponic system, controlling indoor garden temperature, and more

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Oct 17, 2017

Flower Forcing - How to Force Flowering on Your Plants

Flower forcing is a real art. Learn how to force your plants to produce fruit, vegatables, and flowers out of season.

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Oct 16, 2017

A Homemade Aeroponics System that is Cheap and Easy to Build

This clever homemade aeroponics system runs without spray nozzles (How?) One cheap and easy aeroponic system design

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Jul 13, 2017

Indoor Garden Grow Lights FAQ

Indoor garden grow lights FAQ - frequent questions and easy to understand answers from an expert

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Jul 11, 2017

How to Grow Hydro is really about Maintaining your Nutrients Properly

How to grow hydro is really about feeding your plants right. This page also covers choosing a hydroponic system and keeping it all in the right environment.

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Jul 04, 2017

Hydroponics Growing Systems Explained One by One

Explains the main types of hydroponics growing systems and how each system works, including homemade system tips and feeding tips.

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Jul 03, 2017

Easy Homemade Aeroponics System

This easy to make homemade aeroponics system is cheap to build and relatively trouble free to run

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May 30, 2017

plant regeneration at harvest can save you time and money

Describes how to take plants at the end of the flowering period through plant regeneration and harvest the same plant again....in half the time!

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May 22, 2017

The Flowering Stage of the Plant Life Cycle

Learn why plants do what they do during the flowering stage, and how to gain more control over it.

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May 14, 2017

Homemade Hydroponics Construction Tips

Experience led to these homemade hydroponics construction tips. Learn what materials to use and the best way to build a hydroponic system that works.

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Apr 30, 2017

Best Homemade Hydroponic System - Feedback

Every homemade hydroponic system needs to supply three things: water, nutrients, and oxygen at the root level. Here I give some helpful advice on achieving this.

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Apr 06, 2017

The seed stage of the plant life cycle

Explains why there is a seed stage and explains the different parts of the seed stage anatomy.

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Apr 05, 2017

Troubleshooting Plant Growth to Maximize Your Garden Yield

There are several factors that affect plant growth. Looking at these factors is an excellent way to troubleshoot an indoor garden area, solve problems, and maximize plant growth.

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Apr 05, 2017

Organic gardening indoors. helpful and simply written.

Explains organic gardening from an indoor gardening point of view. Covers organic soil mixes, organic amendments, organic hydroponics, feeding tips, lighting tips, and more.

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Apr 03, 2017

Seed Starting Cheat Sheet

This cheat sheet for seed starting lists when you should start various crops both indoors and out.

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Apr 03, 2017

Plant Growth FAQ

Solve your plant growth problems.....ask the indoor gardening expert and get answers within 48 hours

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Mar 30, 2017

Using Hydrogen Peroxide in your Hydroponics Growing System

Detailed instructions for using hydrogen peroxide in your hydroponics gardening sysem to add oxygen, reduce anaerobic pathogens, and to increase plant growth.

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Feb 16, 2017

Site Map for Jasons Indoor Guide to Organic and Hydroponics Gardening.

Every page that exists for Jasons Indoor Guide to Organic and Hydroponics Gardening....all in one spot

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Feb 14, 2017

Cannabis Opposition Removed from WhiteHouse.gov!

President Donald Trump finally gives some indication of his position on legal cannabis/medical marijuana.

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Feb 13, 2017

How Plant Growth is Affected by Water Quality

Plant growth is 100% dependent on water in hydroponic gardening. It is responsible for plant respiration, nutrient uptake, and nutrient transport within a plant. The quality of the water is crucial...

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Feb 12, 2017

How Plant Growth is Affected by Nutrient Solution Ph

PH is important to plant growth for a number of reasons. Not only is the uptake and use of nutrients influenced by pH, but beneficial micro-organisms thrive in a narrow pH range. Learn more here...

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Feb 11, 2017

Each stage of the plant life cycle easily explained

Explains 4 stages of the plant life cycle and discusses human manipulation of plant life cycle behavior.

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Jan 27, 2017

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Jan 25, 2017

Seaweed Fertilizers and Soil Additives

Learn the advantages and benefits of using seaweed fertilizers in your garden. Kelp supports beneficial micro-organisms, supplies trace nutrients, hormones...

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Jan 17, 2017

How Plant Growth is Affected by Indoor Garden Pests

Even with every single plant growth factor in it's ideal range, garden pests can still wreck havoc on plant growth rates and yields. Find out what you can do...

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Jan 16, 2017

Maximizing Plant Growth with Proper Nutrition

The proper nutrition is required to maximize plant growth when all other growth influencing factors are ideal. A closer look at plant nutrition makes it easy to understand and achieve maximum results.

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Jan 12, 2017

Maximize Your Plant Growth with the Proper Lighting

Light is one of the more important plant growth influencing factors. The general guidelines found here are helpful for troubleshooting your indoor hydroponic or organic gardening areas.

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Jan 12, 2017

Indoor Garden Pest Prevention

Pest prevention is the best form of control for an indoor gardener. Learn how to control preventative measures instead of an insect problem.

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Jan 09, 2017

Designing a Hydroponic Garage Garden in Alaska

I live in Alaska and started growing tomatoes outside in the Summer of 2009. My first crop was surprisingly very good with little maintenance on my part.

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Dec 22, 2016

Hydroponics FAQ

Easy to read hydroponics FAQ with hundreds of garden questions answered and organized by category

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(10 week update below)


Find out the cheapest and easiest ways to garden productively in this article.

Hi everyone, Jason from Jason's Indoor Guide here. When I got started with hydroponic gardening more than 24 years ago, my first garden used rockwool cubes and B.C. Nutrients....and I remember thinking to myself yeah, sure, there may be a lot of advantages to gardening with hydroponics, for example there are very few pest problems, therefore very little pest control, no weeding, no plowing or tilling the soil, no soil testing or having to add things into the garden soil, no watering the garden....but for someone who just wants to grow their own vegetables and have more control over their food supply and the quality of the food that they eat, the cost of constantly having to buy grow media and hydroponic nutrients makes this an expensive hobby for most people...


Epic Nutrient Change



I suppose when you take into consideration how much money you save NOT having to buy food at the grocery store, it is surely cheaper to grow your own food hydroponically even with the cost of high quality nutrients. Nevertheless, I didn't have a whole lot of money to work with and I needed to make my efforts as affordable and effective as possible....and in the last 24 years I HAVE learned a thing or two!

As you browse through Jason's Indoor Guide, you will notice all of the systems that I use personally are homemade systems. As I got 3 or 4 years of experience under my belt, I quickly adopted a preference to standing water systems and systems that use expanded clay pellets or lava rock, because the media is re-usable and it eliminates a huge operating expense. So once a hydroponic system is built, garden maintenance is minimal- check and adjust the nutrient solution daily, and to change it completely every 2 weeks....and the biggest operating cost is the hydroponic nutrients. (and the electric bill, lol)...


Homemade Cloner



And, regarding the cost of the nutrients....I experimented for about 3 years with making different compost teas and nutrient teas, but there is still a lot of expense $$$ associated with making high quality nutrient teas....like kelp meal, liquid seaweed, rock dust, bat guano, un-Sulfured molasses, worm castings. You can eliminate a lot of this expense by becoming an expert at making high-quality colloidal humus compost, and use your properly made compost as the basis of your hydroponic nutrient solution.

Unfortunately, I have been gardening for over 24 years and I have only just recently mastered this difficult skill....and even then, only because I happened to find a very easy to follow, high quality technique and decided to follow the instructions to the letter. I produced more high quality compost in just one week than I was able to use in a whole year! If you can master the technique, I highly recommend it. It is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase the productivity of your food production efforts, while at the same time decreasing the amount of effort required to grow all of your own food, and decreasing the total cost of operating your food production system.

And when I say decrease operating costs, I mean decrease them to almost ZERO, especially if you are producing your own nutrients...



High Efficiency
Hydroponics

The ultimate solution to eliminate the cost of your hydroponic nutrients: Imagine a hydroponic system that does not require you to buy any nutrients, does not require you to make your own compost, and does not require you to brew your own nutrient tea. Seriously! No cost and no effort as far as providing nutrients to your plants! Plus, at the end of the gardening cycle you harvest all of your garden vegetables, PLUS YOU HARVEST FISH from the system--->

Aquaponics

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This solution is aquaponics. If you are serious about producing all of your own food and being self-sufficient, this is the ultimate solution for reducing expenses (as much as possible), reducing the total amount of work required, and maximizing the productivity of your gardening efforts. I have been gardening for over 24 years, and it is the perfect food production solution in my opinion.


Produce garnden vegetables AND fish together. Eliminate fertilizer costs!

Besides mastering how to make high quality compost, learning aquaponics is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase your garden productivity, reduce your total costs, and reduce your total work. The product that I learned from is called Aquaponics4you. With all of my hydroponic gardening experience, the first time I came across the Aquaponics4you product I knew immediately that it was something very special! Place an aquaponics system outdoors and use the sun instead of grow lights, and you have reduced every garden expense to nearly ZERO!



The Same System/ 10 Weeks Later!




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